Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Mister Paul, 15 Aug 2007.
I know it's been done loads before, but not really on here. So...
To start the ball rolling; I carry a pannier with a small scrunch bag folded in the pocket for shopping etc.
Done the carrier bag trick, doesn't take long to take you off the bike by braking ya front wheel !!
I use a back pack, normal days a small one but at times if I need to carry a laptop etc. then a big(ish) one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I use a courier bag at the moment. Don't like to use panniers unless I have to, as the weight affects the bike's handling. And a rucksack doesn't get as much in.
I use a rucksack, as a courier bag or panniers wouldn't work well with a child seat! Unless I got front-wheel panniers - which is an option, but I would be slightly concerned about handling..... (despite zero experience in the matter!)
Even though I own panniers and loads of rucksacks; many a time I've had several Sainsbury bags swinging all over the place during unplanned stops at the supermarket or when I've over-loaded the shopping. The ride home isn't much fun and can be dangerous.
Panniers. Normally just the one middling sized one (Endura, or Altura, can't remember which), in which I carry rainlegs, tools, lights etc. On Mondays and Fridays I carry my laptop into and home from work, so I have my Altura laptop pannier as well. On Tuesdays, when I go riding, I have my other middling pannier with riding hat, chaps and crop. When I have to take the compost caddy to the allotment, I take the riding kit out, and put the caddy in.
I also have a Carradice SuperC which I take when I have a lot to carry - it's very capacious (I have to watch out for the weight, rather than it being full up).
Going on holiday, I have both panniers and a bar bag.
I once rode home balancing an axe on the rear rack.
I was given a surprising amount of room by fellow road users.
(That last bit was a lie)
Used a rucksak for ages, then got panniers. Took them off last year and went back to the rucksack. I was amazed how much of a difference it made, not having the extra weight on the back of the bike. I don't mind rucksacks, I do centuries quite happily with them. As an ex postman I have a pathological aversion to anything with a single strap, it's just a recipe for back trouble.
arch, post that piccy you put on c+ a while ago, you know the one, looks like paddy's market on wheels.
that's the fella!
why does a single girl need so much bog roll?
I showed my missus, she was chuffed! Women and bog roll....
Btw, neither of the options I use are on the poll, and one is quite a common one!! My fixed wheel has a Carradice longflap camper saddle bag, and the recumbent a novosport lockable tailfairing.
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